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Ben Ali - "I have understood you"

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Ben Ali - "I have understood you"


The President of Tunisia has spoken to his people just after the main evening news in a television address, during which he promised a positive offical response to the recent unrest, if violence ended right away, and that he would not seek re-election in 2014.

“Yes, I’m speaking to you all, in Tunisia and abroad, in the language of everyone, so that everyone understands. I’m speaking to you because the situation needs radical change. Yes, a radical change. I have understood your message, I understand the unemployed, the needy, the politicians, all those demanding more freedom. I have understood everyone, but what is happening today is not the way Tunisians do things,” insisted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

He also promised to cut bread, sugar and milk prices, and ordered his security forces not to use firearms against the protestors. Minutes after his speech euronews’ correspondant in Tunis reported crowds in the street shouting support for the president.

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